State officials are warning 441 applicants for law enforcement officer jobs that a laptop computer containing their psychological evaluations was stolen in Mexico this month.
The applicants included candidates seeking jobs as California Highway Patrol and correctional officers.
State Personnel Board spokeswoman Sherry Evans said everyone seeking those jobs must undergo psychological testing. Raw data from the screenings were in a laptop that a contract psychologist took on vacation.
The computer was in a backpack stolen from the psychologist’s car trunk while he was in Tulum, Mexico, on Jan. 11.
The laptop contained names but no other identifying information such as addresses or Social Security numbers. Evans says the laptop was protected by a password and that the data could not be easily read.